Islington Choral Society is a friendly non-auditioned community choir based in Islington, North London who enjoy the challenge of exploring our rich choral heritage in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment'. We rehearse every Tuesday night during term time in Highbury Baptist Church on the edge of Highbury Fields (40 Highbury Pl, Highbury East, London N5 1QL).
We usually perform concerts three times a year at a range of venues including St John’s, Smith Square and Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square. In some years we may also perform a Christmas carol concert and every other year we go on tour abroad, most recently to Italy and Spain.
Our musical repertoire is varied and aims to include both the famous and some of the less well-known choral works. Recent concerts have included Verdi’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams The Sea Symphony, Haydn’s The Creation, Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas, Elgar’s The Music Makers and Bach’s St John’s Passion. Our forthcoming repertoire is listed on our Events page.
We welcome enthusiastic singers of all ages and voice types. If you’re interested in joining the choir you can find details here.
Michael Waldron is the Conductor and Musical Director of Islington Choral Society. He is also founder and Artistic Director of the London Choral Sinfonia. He has been Artistic Director of London Lyric Opera since 2012, Musical Director of the Epworth Choir since 2014, founder and Artistic Director of the Pinnacle Ensemble, and also currently holds positions with Guildford Choral Society, the University of West London Chamber Choir, and the Choir of Chelsea Old Church. He has worked with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Camden Symphony Orchestra, Woking Symphony Orchestra, the London Camerata, and the English Arts Chorale, alongside conductors including Sir Jeffrey Tate and Stephen Layton.
Michael continues a busy profile as a pianist and accompanist, having performed extensively across the world. Recent highlights include recitals with Charlie Siem at the Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome; Topi Lehtipuu at the Philharmonie, Luxembourg; with the Orion Orchestra under the direction of Edward Gardner at the Royal Festival Hall, and a studio recording with Pink Floyd at Abbey Road. He has also worked alongside Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Emma Bell, Andrew Foster Williams, and Gerald Finley.
Deputy Musical Director
Laurence Williams is a freelance singer, accompanist, and organist. He studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College, Cambridge, and now enjoys a busy schedule of solo singing engagements, both international and across the UK. He is Director of Chapel Music at The Peterborough School, and until 2017 was Assistant Organist at Waltham Abbey Church, Essex. He was organ scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and holds an Associateship Diploma to the Royal College of Organists. He is in demand as a freelance accompanist in the London area, and works with a wide range of choirs and choral societies as a répétiteur.
Laurence has worked with many esteemed conductors, including Stephen Layton and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has also studied conducting with Tim Redmond and Mark Forkgen.
Committee and trustees
Following the Annual General Meeting, the members of the committee for 2020-21 are:
The choir has three Trustees, two of whom must be committee members and one of whom must be a member of the choir not serving on the committee. Bryan Stevens is the Member Trustee.
The Trustees from the Committee are Jill Broadbent and Anna Markham.
The Choir’s officers are:
Jill Broadbent, Chairman
Anna Markham, Secretary
Peter Strivens, Treasurer
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
The choir’s Constitution is available here ICS Constitution as amended at AGM March 2005 to view or download and print. (PDF file)